Prof. Dhirendra Kumar Pandey
PhD (Palaeontology, Banaras Hindu University)
Professor and Head, Department of Geology
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Since I joined the department at Jaipur my research activities concentrated on Kachchh and Jaisalmer basins. In the beginning, I carried out the conventional studies of describing fossil groups, mainly bivalves and ammonites with some new forms of bivalves and ammonites at first stage. This also included first record of Bajocian-Bathonian ammonites from India and partial revision of Jurassic Lamellibranchs taxonomy. These results have already been published in the refereed Journals. My initial work also included Lithostratigraphic mapping of Gora Dongar in the Kachchh Basin - a large area of about 100 sq km. and taphonomic and biostrationomic study in the Cauvery Basin, leading to environmental information on Late Cretaceous sedimentation.

At the second stage I revised a monograph on corals from Kachchh (India) written in 1900 by Gregory looking into the new biological insight of corals and their application in the reconstruction of depositional environment. I also initiated recognition of ecophenotypic characters and microarchitectures in corals. I have also described and illustrated most of the Jurassic and some Cretaceous corals from Jaisalmer, Jordan, Iran, Tunisia, Tibet, Sicily, Ethiopia and Egypt for the first time.

Visualizing the importance to understand better the variation of the facies and microarchitecture and microstructure in the coral skeleton I carried out studies on Quaternary carbonate sediments and corals of Saurashtra, which in turn help in reconstruction of the sea-level curve and the palaeoclimate.

As a follow up of my visit to Germany, France, UK under Humboldt Foundation Fellowship (Germany) and CNRS Fellowship (France), and participation in the field-work in India (Kachchh, Saurashtra, Jaisalmer, Tiruchchirrappalli, Lakshadweep, etc.) and in Europe (Normandy, Alps, Denmark and Gotland) I concentrated on application of the biotic elements and applied aspects of Palaeontology, like Taphonomy, biostrationomy, Palaeoecology and Trace fossils, for the reconstruction of depositional environment, correlation of fossil assemblage with sediments & sequence stratigraphy.

Lately, I worked on the Oxfordian and Tithonian ammonites and presently, I am involved in taxonomic studies of Kimmeridgian ammonites and Kimmeridgian biostratigraphy of the Kachchh and Jaisalmer basins and of Spiti Himalaya.

Dr. Vikal Kumar Singh
PhD (Micropalaeontology, Dr. H. S. Gour University)
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Vikal Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya. He has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience in disciplines of Applied Geology/ Geology. Dr. Singh’s major field of research interests are Micropaleontology, Sedimentology, Indian Stratigraphy and Hydrogeology.

Formerly to Central University of South Bihar, Gaya Dr. Singh served as teaching faculty in various Central Governments Institutions (mainly) and others like the Department of Applied Geology, National Institute of Technology Raipur (The Institute of National Importance), here he has Established and Developed New Micropaleontology Lab and Prepared Laboratory Manuals of three Labs for the Department (served six years); the Department of Applied Geology, Dr. H. S. Gour University, Sagar (A Central University), served about four yrs; the Department of Civil Engineering, BTIRT, Sagar; and Postgraduate Department of Geology, D. S. College Aligarh, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra. He has imparted training as co-instructor in eight the Geological Mapping Field Training Camps, & guided six dissertations of M. Tech. Applied Geology.

Dr. Singh has studied Recent benthic Foraminifera from the east coast of India and the southern part of the east coast of Japan and established foramgeographical affinity, found 122 common species from the two regions, although, fairly distant but within the warm water Indo-Pacific province. The 41 species, whose morphological comparison have been dealt in the study only 21 show ‘wide to moderate’ while the other 20 show inconspicuous range of intraspecific variations and also reported first time 26 of Recent benthic foraminifera species from the Indian waters. He has published eight research papers /chapters, in SCI indexed / International /National repute /peer-reviewed Journals /edited books and presented six research papers, in International /National repute seminars /conferences, in the field of Micropaleontology and Hydrogeology.

Dr. Prafull Kumar Singh
PhD (Hydrogeology ,Jiwaji University Gwalior, M.P.)
Associate Professor
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Prafull Singh is a Associate Professor in the Department of Geology under School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences of the Central University of South Bihar. He has more than 12 years of teaching and research experience. Dr. Singh major research interests are groundwater recharge and potential modeling, Hydrogeophysics, Environmental Geology, Aquifer Vulnerability and pollution modeling, Urban Hydrology, landslide susceptibility mapping, flood and drought prediction. Application of remote sensing in urban heat island (UHI), watershed modeling and river basin management.

Prior to joining CUSB, he served for Amity Institute of Geoinfomatics and Remote Sensing, Amity University Noida since 2012 and prior to Amity University; he served as Assistant Professor in Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) and Rajeev Gandhi Prodogiki Visvdyalaya, Bhopal. He Awarded DST young Scientist award and completed one Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt of India funded project as Principal Investigator. He received the European Union Fellowship to Visit University of Salzburg Austria as Visiting Professor and having research collaboration with international organizations. He also awarded Certificate of Appreciation  in Shikshak Samman Samaroh , Organized Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh,U.P. Dr. Singh also served for many administrative positions in the University as Chair person Interview board, BOS member, research coordinator, Program coordinator, member secretary of research program of Amity University Noida. He also contributed as founding member of Amity Institute of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, Amity University Noida and established many programs in the Institute like M.Sc. GIS & Remote Sensing, M.Tech. Geoinformatics and M.Sc. Applied Geology Programs of the university.  He also developed many labs such as Remote Sensing & GIS lab, Groundwater modeling and Hydrogeology labs. Dr. Singh supervised many Ph.D. (06) and PG (40) level students in his previous institutions. He also edited 03 books on earth and environmental issues with International repute publishers. He has presented / participated in number of National and International Conference and delivered many invited talk in conferences and training programs.He served as reviewer for many International journals in the field of water resources, urban environmental monitoring and Remote Sensing. He has the membership with many scientific journal and acting as editorial board member.

He has published more than 50 International research papers in renowned peer-reviewed journals in the field of earth, environment and hydrology.

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